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Biography:  Richard B. Faison

Source:  Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi,  Chicago:  The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891.

Volume I, pp. 713

 Richard B. Faison. This successful pushing and energetic planter, was born in Southamption county, Va., October 4, 1838, to Capt. Hiram Faison, and in the state and county of his birth, he grew to manhood, receiving a fair English education in a private school. At the age of twenty -one years, or in 1859, he came west to Mississippi and for some time was engaged in clerking in a store belonging to his brother, George W. Faison, in Issaquena county. In 1863 he became a resident of Sunflower county, and for some time thereafter was engaged in farming on the Sunflower river, which occupation he discontinued in 1866 to once more follow the calling of a clerk in his brother's store. In 1873 he located on a plantation, and is now the owner of three hundred and twenty acres of land, of which about one hundred and forty acres are under cultivation. His land is well improved and his residence is a very commodious substantial pleasant one. He has also a good cottongin and other buildings. Since 1888 he has conducted a plantation and neighborhood store on his place, which is brining him in fair returns, but he has for some time past lived in Indianola in one of the largest and handsomest residences in the place. He was married in this county in July 1875, to Miss Sarah Carter, a native of Louisiana, born and reared in Morehouse parish, a daughter of John Carter. Their union has resulted in the birth of six children: Annie, John H., Ella Clark and Ethelin, and two children now deceased: Robert Lee, who died in infancy in 1888 and Richard B., an interesting lad, who was called from life in 1891 at the age of thirteen years. Richard B.Faison, like his brother George W., began like a poor boy, but has by his own industry and good management accumulated a competency. In agricultural matters he is practically informed and well posted and his example is one well worthy of imitation. He lost his left arm in childhood, yet by his indomitable pluck has reared his family in comfort and has accumulated a fair share of this world's goods. His reputation has remained unblemished throughout a long  business career, and for his good Christian character and for the enterprising and public spirit that he has always manifested, he is highly esteemed by all who know him. Of the property that he has acquiared by the sweat of his brow, he gives liberally in the support of worthy institutions and may well be considred an acquisition to the community in which he resides.

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